The school board has some major decisions to make on Tuesday that could impact even a one-year reassignment plan.
A lot rides on which new schools and renovation projects stay on track or are delayed due to the borrowing crunch. More changes could occur depending on the review of the magnet secondary schools.
One big question is whether the school board should go ahead with the $62.8 million renovation project at Wake Forest-Rolesville High School. While delaying the project would save a lot of money, it could create other problems.
The plan has been to move the Wake Forest-Rolesville students to the new Heritage High for the 2009-10 school year during the renovations.
In 2010-11, the Wake Forest-Rolesville students would return to their campus. Heritage would then officially open holding two separate groups of ninth- and 10th-graders.
One group would be Heritage's students. The other group would be students from H-6 (aka slave cemetery school). The H-6 kids would move to their new campus in 2011-12.
The H-6 school is looking iffy. Its funding was expected to come from a 2009 bond issue but that's not looking likely now.
But even if the H-6 side of the plan falls through, school board member Lori Millberg says there are good reasons to not delay the Wake Forest-Rolesville renovations. She says the school badly needs the renovations and next year offers a brief window in which Heritage can be used as swing space.
If the Wake Forest-Rolesville renovations are delayed, it's likely that Heritage would open as its own school next year. This would mean having to assign students there a year earlier than planned.
Another renovation project that could have complications is the one now underway at Smith Elementary School in Garner.
The Smith students are currently being housed at the new Banks Road Elementary School in Fuquay-Varina for this school year. Once renovations are done, the Smith students would go back to their campus for the 2009-10 school year and kids would be assigned to Banks.
But if the board delays completing the Smith project, they might have to stay at Banks for next year as well. This would mean delaying reassignment for Banks for at least a year.
The district probably wouldn't save as much from delaying the Smith project at this late date. But Rosa Gill, chairwoman of the school board, said it might be worth it because the slowdown in growth could mean Banks isn't as needed next year.
It's uncertain whether keeping Smith students at Banks next year would delay the magnetization of the school.
Speaking of magnetization, any changes in the magnet middle and high schools will have repercussions.
For instance, removing the magnet program at Broughton High School would eliminate having to move students out to create more magnet slots.